Details about services, prayer in church and funerals

Churches are permitted to continue with public worship, even during current restrictions, so we are continuing with all our usual services; this includes: Sunday 10.30am Mass, Wednesday 10am Mass, Friday 1pm Mass.  Exact details of how this will operate can be found here.  From 8th August 2020, government requirements are that individuals should wear face coverings in church, except whilst receiving Holy Communion or leading parts of the service (e.g. reading from the Bible, leading intercessions, preaching or presiding), or if you fall into an exempt category.  There is 2m (6 feet)  distance between all the allocated places in church.  During current restrictions, it is strictly forbidden to socialise with anyone in church unless they are in your household/support bubble.

During the current ("stay at home") restrictions, the church is not open for private individual prayer.  We have sent out resources for prayer and worship at home, and copies are available on this page. There is a revised version of Spiritual Communion, which can be found in this section of the website or by clicking here.   Video messages are to be found one our YouTube channel, and on our Facebook page.  The individual links can be found on here

Funerals are permitted in church; there are still some restrictions on numbers, and social distancing rules apply.  We are able to accommodate up to 30 mourners in St John's.  For more details please contact your funeral director, or the vicar, Father Barrie.  Weddings and baptisms are not permitted during current restrictions, except in exceptional circumstances, although we may be able to re-start these after April 12 2021, depending on the guidelines which will be in force at that time.  If you are concerned about any of this, please contact us here or by telephone 0121 356 7998

Prayers, Spiritual Communion and the collects and readings are all available in this section of the website. 

We will update this with further details on a regular basis.  (Last udpate: Saturday 6 March 2021)


Homily for The Baptism of Christ
by Elisabeth Fisher, Licensed Lay Minister

Epiphany Letter
With details about church services during Alert Level 5

Church open for worship
Details about services in church

A letter from Mother Laura, our new curate
Mother Laura Ward introduces herself to the parish

Individual Private Prayer in church
Private prayer in church is not available during Tier 5 ("stay at home") restrictions

Morning and Evening Prayer for Lent
Morning and Evening Prayer for use at home

Spiritual Communion and Collects and readings for each week
Spiritual Communion for use at home including the readings, Psalms and collects

COVID-19 updates - do you need help?
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED HELP